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Scott Langley of Boston, Massachusetts, holds a banner during a vigil against death penalty in front of the U.S. Supreme Court July 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Abolition Action Committee and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held the ?Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty to mark the 1972 and 1976 Supreme Court rulings that suspended the death penalty in the United States and later allowed executions to resume.
California’s Prop 34 would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison.
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) says it would save the state an estimated $130 million per year, but opponents of the bill say those savings won’t go back to taxpayers and that abolishing the death penalty would be a menace to public safety.
KPCC’s Lauren Osen reports on the facts behind Prop 34.